Volume V l XVIII, XVIII Issue I 3
■ San Diego Padres executives discuss “The Business of Baseball” at Bridges event. A1.
March 27, 2014 Published Weekly
Parents voice concerns over DM school district teachers contract By Karen Billing In a narrow vote last week, Del Mar Union School District teachers voted down an amendment to their 2013-16 contracts that included language about class size increases. The vote was 108 opposed and 105 in favor of the contract, according to district teachers who wished to remain anonymous. Del Mar California Teachers Association (DMCTA) Co-Presidents Gina Vargus and Tiffany Kinney did not respond to requests for comment. Del Mar Union School
District (DMUSD) Superintendent Holly McClurg said that the tentative agreement the teachers were voting on maintains the current class sizes and short-term flexibility. She said the district’s intent is to maintain current class sizes at grades K-3 of 22 and grades 4-6 of 27, with the flexibility to go up to the state’s maximum of 24 in K-3 and 29 in grades 4-6. “Our district is committed to maintaining low class sizes and has no intention of increasing class sizes beyond the current class sizes in the district,”
McClurg said. “As is currently in place, there would be short-term flexibility to meet the needs within a school due to enrollment during the school year. The class structure is in place this school year and would continue in the future.” In April 2013, the teachers reached a oneyear memorandum of understanding, resulting in $1 million in budget solutions that included increasing class sizes from 20:1 to 23:1 in grades kindergarten through third; a corSee TEACHERS, Page AA2
Parents and students picketed outside a Del Mar California Teachers Association vote last week.
Court decision clarifies code issue
‘Pump Up the Volume’ ■ CCA’s ‘de.evolution’ robotics team headed to world competition. A5. ■ DA faces first challenge for office in 11 years. A4.
•Ruling upholds Del Mar’s decision to grant variance
■ “The Boys in the Boat” depicts American rowing triumph in 1936 Berlin Olympics. A3.
Comischell Rodriguez, Brock Arstill and Sallie Small enjoy themselves at the Torrey Pines High School Foundation’s ‘Pump Up the Volume’ fundraiser March 23 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. See page AA3 for more. PHOTO/JON CLARK
La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation and National Latino Research Center to conduct needs assessment on Solana Beach community By Kristina Houck To improve the quality of life for residents of Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community, a local foundation and university are teaming up to conduct a needs assessment. In partnership with La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation, researchers at the National Latino Research Center at Cal State San Marcos will interview residents and stakeholders to learn how to improve community resources. The community needs assessment was announced during an informational meeting hosted by the foundation March 19 at North Coast Fellowship in Solana Beach. “We’re happy to have you here because we can’t make change unless we have more people involved,” said Manny Aguilar, president and board
chairman of the foundation. “We have to be the owners of our future and our family’s future.” Aguilar and other concerned citizens founded the organization nearly three years ago to suppress escalating drug and gang violence, as well as encourage local youth to make positive choices and improve resources for residents. In that time, the foundation has held a community forum, created a community garden and launched a youth leadership camp, among other accomplishments. The National Latino Research Center aims to promote scientific and applied research, training and the exchange of information that contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the growing U.S. Latino population. Underwritten by
Santa Fe Christian Schools, the study will identify and prioritize community needs and opportunities in education, civic engagement and social capital. Like his grandparents who emigrated from Mexico in the early 1900s, Aguilar noted the more than 30 people at the meeting were there for one common goal: to have a better life. “That’s what everybody wants in this group for every one of their families — for their kids, for their grandkids,” he said. “That’s why we’re here.” After conducting interviews and hosting focus groups, researchers at National Latino Research Center will analyze the information and write a report. The report will be presented to stakeholders and community members in the summer, AguiSee EDEN, Page AA2
By Kristina Houck A recent court decision clarified the city’s code on the right to continue a structural nonconformity in Del Mar. In a decision published March 14, the Court of Appeal upheld Del Mar’s decision to grant a variance to resident Jon Scurlock, allowing him to build a house that does not comply with the 20-foot front yard setback requirement in the city’s municipal code. Built several decades ago, a two-story house currently sits on the hillside lot on Seaview Avenue. Scurlock plans to build a new house on the footprint of the old house, which is located 9 to 11 feet from the street. “This case is a good outcome for older cities such as Del Mar because it establishes some clarification on the law with respect to existing nonconforming residences and the ability to obtain variances where appropriate with respect to new construction and things of that nature,” said Bill Pate of Stutz, Artiano Shinoff & Holtz, the firm representing the city. Del Mar’s Design Review Board approved Scurlock’s development application in June 2010, concluding that constructing the new house on the existing building pad instead of moving it westward would minimize adverse impacts to steep slopes, minimize land disturbance from grading the site, and minimize the bulk and mass of the retaining walls. The Del Mar Planning Commission conditionally approved the variance in September 2010, which Stephen and Lucy Eskeland, along with residents of three other homes in the neighborhood, appealed to the City Council. The Eskelands brought the matter to court after the council on Oct. 18, 2010 declined to set the appeal for a de novo public hearing. The San Diego Superior Court denied the petition, which the Court of Appeal upheld. “It leaves the discretion where it should — which is with the design reSee CODE, Page AA2
New TPHS football coach tackles ‘dream job’ •Gladnick is attacking new job with a comprehensive plan
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The burly coach is expected to bring change to the program — a promised “five new faces” on the coaching staff. But, he also brings a healthy respect for tradition, and has invited Ed Burke, the winningest (182-60-5, four CIF Titles) coach in school history, back to assist. Burke downplayed his future role during an afternoon visit to the campus, but seemed eager to
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EDEN continued from page AA1 lar said. â€œThe city is here to help,â€? said Councilman Mike Nichols at the end of the meeting. Deputy Mayor Lesa Heebner was also in attendance. â€œWeâ€™re excited about being a part of this.â€? Representatives from various community organizations also attended the meeting. The Sand Dollar Foundation, a local organization that helps children in need, presented Aguilar with $10,000 so approximately 50 children can attend the foundationâ€™s youth leadership camp this summer.
TEACHERS continued from page AA1 sponding reduction in Extended Studies Curriculum; no more oversize class stipends; no more upper grade complimentary (free) days; and reduced out-ofcontract pay for shared contracts. At that time, teachers agreed on solutions such as class size increases over proposed furlough days. But as rumors spread throughout the district about what the teachers were ratifying, concerns and frustrations grew. Some parents even picketed in front of the multiuse rooms at schools while votes were being held because they wanted teachers to know how they felt. While they were assured by McClurg that the intent is not to raise class sizes, some parents focused
CODE continued from page AA1 view board, the planning commission and the council to decide whether or not a variance should be granted under the circumstances,â€? Pate said. â€œIn this case, those three bodies, along with the San Diego Superior Court and the Court of Appeal, all agreed that a variance was appropriate.â€?
â€œWeâ€™re here as a community,â€? Aguilar said. â€œWe have all these pieces available. Letâ€™s make it work.â€? The National Latino Research Center will host its first focus group at 6 p.m. April 16 at North Coast Fellowship, 940 Genevieve St., Solana Beach. â€œIf you have problems and complaints, bring them to the table,â€? Aguilar said. â€œLetâ€™s find a positive solution. Weâ€™re here to find solutions.â€? For more information about La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation, visit lceg.org. For more information about the National Latino Research Center, visit www.csusm.edu/nlrc/
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La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation and the National Latino Research Center are conducting a needs assessment of the Solana Beach community. PHOTO/KRISTINA HOUCK
on â€œthe stateâ€™s maximumâ€? in the contract language and contend that it does, in fact, spell out class size increases. They said the stateâ€™s maximum refers to the new funding formula that calls for an average class size maximum in K-3 of 25. Because the funding formula states an average, a third grade class with 28 students would be fine as long as other classes had low numbers to bring down the average. Many parents did not want to go on record but stated how much they value their low class sizes and that they were upset they didnâ€™t have the opportunity to weigh in on the agreement before the vote. Sycamore Ridge parent Josh Clorfeine heard about the vote, as many parents did, by accident. One parent reported finding a notice about the upcoming vote left in the copy room
while she was volunteering. â€œItâ€™s unfortunate the way we found out,â€? Clorfeine said. â€œIt was frustrating that there wasnâ€™t any attempt to communicate about it from the district and that they didnâ€™t solicit input as they prepared to make a proposal to increase class size caps.â€? As it is now, his fourth grader is already in a class that is two students over the cap. He said he did appreciate the efforts school staff made to avoid having a combination class by bumping a class above the cap in this case, but he said he is just disappointed with the lack of transparency in the process. â€œIt just seems that a lot of this couldâ€™ve been avoided by having an open discussion,â€? Clorfeine said. According to McClurg, the process for ratifying any changes to the agree-
ment between the DMCTA and the DMUSD follows a timeline. After the vote, the tentative agreement is publicized and brought before the board of trustees at a public meeting â€” which will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, at Del Mar Hills Academy. The meeting occurs after presstime for this newspaper, so check for a full report online (www. delmartimes.net) or in next weekâ€™s newspaper (April 3 issue). Despite the rumors, McClurg said that the best interests of the children are the top priority of the district. â€œLow class sizes are highly valued by our district and are something we plan to maintain,â€? McClurg said.
The plaintiffs, however, argue that the ruling could make it easier for developers to not just continue, but expand nonconforming structures in Del Mar. â€œIt establishes â€” for essentially all of California â€” that a variance can overcome a prohibition on expanding nonconformities,â€? said Todd Cardiff, who represented the Eskelands. â€œYou can always seek
a variance to get over that hurdle. Thatâ€™s something thatâ€™s new for Del Mar.â€? In a written statement, Stephen Eskeland said the decision sets â€œhorrible precedentâ€? for the city and the state. â€œIt blows a hole in our community plan,â€? he said. â€œWhat this means is that through the variance process, redevelopment will be able to routinely increase the degree of nonconfor-
mity. This will result in structural overcrowding, possible loss of significant public views and private views, and invasion of privacy, which is what happened to us.â€? The Eskelands are currently reviewing the decision and considering their options, Cardiff said. They have 40 days from the publication of the decision to seek Supreme Court review.
selected him. â€œItâ€™s very important that the players understand the tradition,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s important that they understand when they put on the uniform that they represent every Torrey Pines player who went before them, and every Torrey Pines player who will come after them.â€? Gladnick experienced the Falcon football tradition first-hand as an assistant coach from 2009-2011. â€œI fell in love with the campus when I first walked onto it,â€? he said. But, to become a head coach, he first had to leave, going to Clairemont High School for the 2012-2013 seasons, where he led the Chieftains to their first playoff win in nearly a decade. When Torrey Pines Head Coach Scott Ashby announced his retirement in January, Gladnick applied. â€œI was up-front with Clairemont. I told them that Torrey Pines was my dream job, and if that position ever opened-up, I was applying.â€? Born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, Gladnick played defensive end and tight end for Smithtown High School East. His senior year, the 6â€™ 3â€?, 245-lb. star believes he was â€œthe biggest tailback in America.â€? Gladnick then headed west to Hillsdale College in Michigan, where he became a consensus First Team All-American, a Kodak All-American, Team Captain, Team MVP, and All-League Defensive MVP. Gladnick then went into sales and marketing for Proctor & Gamble (â€œI was a â€˜Tide Guyâ€™â€?), but found time to coach at Brecksville High School, in Brecksville, Ohio, where the team won a state championship. A 1990 convention brought him to sunny San Diego for four days during a dark Ohio winter. He promptly quit P &G and moved to San Diego without a job or prospects. With three other people, he ended up starting an aviation parts company that grew to more than 500 employees in seven facilities. He sold
the company in stages from 2008-2011. The proceeds of the sale have allowed him â€œto do what I do nowâ€? â€” which is to devote fulltime attention to football. He is attacking his new job with a comprehensive business plan. â€œIâ€™m meeting with the coaches of other sports on campus,â€? he says. â€œWe need to recruit on our own campus first. There are five-seven boys in each grade who should be out here playing, but are not. We need to create a positive environment that makes lacrosse players want to play football as well.â€? He is also meeting oneon-one with each athlete on the football roster, and setting out some goals and expectations. He is doing all this while assembling his staff. â€œWe have several coaches already on campus that will be returning,â€? he said, â€œand there will be five new faces on the staff.â€? â€œWe have a very demanding schedule next year,â€? he notes. The school will play in Division I, but has three Open Division opponents on the horizon, along with a highly ranked team from Utah. â€œFor us to win, we have to win every intangible in the game. We have to handle every blocking assignment, we have to work harder, we have to be in better condition. We are going to work on a lot of things above the shoulders. We are going to give the players a smaller universe of tasks to master, but we will expect them to do them to perfection. We have to be smarter and more disciplined than the other teams. Fortunately, with Torrey Pines athletes, we have a shot at being both.â€? Gladnick is also passionate about his community outreach program. â€œI will speak to any group, anytime, anywhere â€” consistent with the CIF rules.â€? Gladnick said believes that the football program needs to do a better job promoting and working with Pop Warner. â€œWe need to do everything we can to support the program that provides our pipeline of players.â€?
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he Torrey Pines High School Foundation’s “Pump Up the Volume” fundraiser was held March 23 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. The event raised money for the TPHS Foundation’s “Support All Students” (SAS) fund. This year’s focus is to put updated computers in every classroom on campus. “Pump Up the Volume” featured the high-energy band The Detroit Underground and professional auctioneer Steve Hamann. The TPHS Foundation is a 501-C-3 corporation founded in 1993 which not only fund raises to provide state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge programs to promote personal social growth, leadership and independence for all students, but also acts as the umbrella organization for parent volunteers and provides support for all booster groups on campus. For photos online, visit www.delmartimes.net.
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Section A | March 27, 2014
San Diego Padres executives discuss ‘The Business of Baseball’ at Bridges event
Located on Hidden Pines Road, the vacant parcel was formerly used as a water pump site. Photo/Kristina Houck
(L-R) San Diego Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and Mike Dee, CEO and president of the San Diego Padres. Left photo/Jon Clark; Right photo/Herr Photography
all about,” Fowler said, noting the organization’s commitment to philanthropy. “If we don’t engage the community, I don’t think we have the ability to accomplish all we want to accomplish,” Dee was with the Padres from 1995 to 2002, assisting in the financial planning and construction of Petco Park alongside Larry Lucchino. Both Lucchino and Dee left for the Boston Red Sox in 2002, where Dee was CEO. In 2009, he became CEO of the Miami Dolphins until 2013 before being wooed back to San Diego. Fowler said part of the reason they brought Dee back to San Diego was because of how he embraces all the elements of community which is good for business, not to mention his contagious energy. Dee said since he’s been gone, downtown San Diego has evolved into everything they dreamt up when Petco Park was first envisioned. “It’s an exciting city,” Dee said. Dee said there’s still a lot of potential both within the walls of Petco and with ownership and management to come together and build a team that will bring the community together as in 1998, the year of the team’s World Series run. Dee said he doesn’t view the Padres as a small-market team but believes they can compete as a mid-market team. “We’ve got to go out and take care of business,” Dee said. The Padres will get some national attention right off the bat as the Padres’ March 30 home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers will be the Padres’ first nationally televised Sunday Night Baseball Game on ESPN that they’ve hosted since 2008. It will be a chance to showcase Petco, which Dee said has become nationally renowned since its opening in 2004. Even though Petco is only celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Dee said a four-to-five-year process to modernize the stadium has already been set into motion. They will start with a new sound system, new video board and a lot of technology that can be personally incorporated through fans’ handheld devices unlike any sports venue anywhere. See BASEBALL, page A23
Del Mar residents petition against development of Hidden Pines Road property By Kristina Houck In an effort to preserve the property as open space, a Del Mar resident is circulating a petition to prevent a small cityowned parcel from being sold for development. Located on Hidden Pines Road, the vacant parcel was formerly used as a water pump site. The Del Mar City Council on March 18, 2013 adopted a resolution with the intent to sell the land, and the Planning Commission on Jan. 14 declared the parcel in conformance with the city’s general plan. But some residents argue the 25-foot-wide, 127-footlong space is too small for development. “The city has been describing this as just another nonconforming lot, whereas it’s really the most nonconforming lot ever,” said Clive Freeman,
who owns a home that borders the western side of the parcel. Since launching the petition in January, he has collected more than 80 signatures, he said. The property was mapped in 1947, but the city’s zoning code was established in the 1976 Del Mar Community Plan. Therefore, the 3,170-square-foot plot is located in a zone for single-family residential development where lots must be a minimum of 10,000 square feet. “The parcel is a legal parcel with development rights and the purchaser of the property could choose to build on the property, or keep it as open space,” said Assistant City Manager Mark Delin. In an interview, Delin noted about 30 percent of parcels in the R1-10 zone are not in conformance See PROPERTY, page A23
By Karen Billing In anticipation of the start of the new Major League Baseball season, The Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe held a special event March 18 on “The Business of Baseball.” Guests noshed on bacon cracker jacks, warm hot pretzels and mini hot dogs as they heard from baseball voices such as Mike Dee, CEO and president of the San Diego Padres, and Ron Fowler, the Padres’ executive chairman in an interactive forum. Former Padres player Mark Loretta was also in attendance. Fowler is the executive chairman of the San Diego Padres’ ownership group composed of the O’Malley and Seidler families that completed a $800 million purchase of the franchise in 2012. Fowler has always had a love for baseball and set his sights on playing professionally. His plans to play in college for the University of Minnesota were dashed when he tore his ACL. “For me to be engaged in baseball over 50 years later is really special,” said Fowler. He had always enjoyed the business of sports and thought it would be fun to be a part of a group like the O’Malley and Seidler families represent. “You need to become a part of the community and work with the community and listen to the community. I think that’s what we’re
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Torrey Hills planning board may stop enhancement project, says cost too high By Karen Billing The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board continues to resist the idea of having the city spend hundreds of thousands of community money on a simple enhancement project. “It started out as a wonderful idea to make an area that was a little bit of a blight look nice,” said board chair Kathryn Burton. “But the costs are just out of line…Any homeowner in Torrey Hills would be appalled at spending this kind of money for what’s essentially a boulder, gravel and a bench.” Due to the costs of the proposed enhancement of 1.5 acres under the power lines on East Ocean Air Drive, the board may consider just stopping the project altogether. City staff and consultants presented plans for the enhancement in January and reported that they could start construction in March 2015. The estimated construction cost would be $231,000, plus soft costs for the environmental process and a site development permit which can be as much as $100,000. Potentially, the enhancement could end up costing the entire amount in the Torrey Hills maintenance assessment district (MAD) budget: $441,000. At its Feb. 18 board meeting, the board voted to send a letter to the city to request a stop in spending on the project, as already $75,000 has already been spent, including $20,000 for Estrada Land Planning for what the board said was just “two
pages” of planning and design work. Burton said the city projects another $75,000 for future consultant work. The board asked Ali Darvishi, the supervising project manager and deputy city engineer, to provide a list of costs on the project as well as potential cost savings. They asked whether the site would really require temporary irrigation and if their MAD (Maintenance Assessment District) would be allowed to maintain the site in lieu of the proposed 25-month maintenance and monitoring program. In a letter to the board, Darvishi said it is possible that hand-watering could replace the irrigation system but the method has not been effective in the past with the kind of hydroseed mix planned for the site. He said they could save $76,500 by eliminating the temporary irrigation system and the base under the decomposed granite trail, bringing the new construction cost to $153,000, with total project costs of $332,000. Darvishi’s letter said that $53,000 of additional savings could be realized with the elimination of DG paving, boulders, bench, shade structure, dry creek and the five-gallon trees. The new construction total would be reduced to $100,000, with total project costs of $279,000. Last year the board approved spending $290,000 on a project that included things such as the paving, boulders and benches. Without even those, not much is left of the original intent of the project, Burton said.
Planning board continues to voice concern over placing a proposed new DMUSD childcare development center at Torrey Hills School By Karen Billing The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board reiterated its opposition to a proposed new childcare development center at Torrey Hills School at its March 11 meeting. Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) Superintendent Holly McClurg and other district staff members — as well as DMUSD President Doug Rafner — attended the meeting to hear the board’s concerns, the major one being the potential traffic impact on the surrounding neighborhood. As part of the school district’s facili-
ties master plan process, a proposal is being discussed to find a permanent home for its childcare development center (CDC), which is currently housed at Sycamore Ridge School. As Sycamore Ridge is facing an overcrowded campus, a new 13,000-square-foot CDC at Torrey Hills is one of the options. According to McClurg, various funding sources for such a facility are being explored and the board will make a decision on the CDC in six months. “The issue of course is the siting, it has nothing to do with the value of the proSee CENTER, page A26
Water agencies protest proposed Metropolitan rate hikes By Joe Tash The Santa Fe Irrigation District, which supplies water to Solana Beach, has joined forces with other water agencies and civic groups in San Diego County to protest proposed rate increases by the Metropolitan Water District, Southern California’s water wholesaler. The local groups have sent letters to Metropolitan, and a delegation also spoke against the proposed rate increases of 1.5 percent over each of the next two years, at a public hearing in Los Angeles on March 11. The Metropolitan board is expected to consider the rate increases — as well as a decision to maintain its current property tax levy on Southern California residents — at its next meeting on April 8. For the entire story, visit www.delmartimes.net (news category).
By Joe Tash Daniel James Brown’s book about nine working-class boys from the Pacific Northwest who rowed their way into history by winning a gold medal in the 1936 Olympics in front of Adolf Hitler began with a brief conversation in Brown’s own living room. Brown, a Seattle resident, had already written two successful non-fiction books and was looking for a new topic. He had hosted a community meeting in his home, and afterward he was approached by a neighbor who asked if he would come by to meet her elderly father. “This story literally walked into my living room one day after a homeowners association meeting,” said Brown, the featured speaker at the March meeting of the Rancho Santa Fe Literary Society. The meeting was held at The Grand Del Mar Shortly after that initial conversation, Brown sat down with Joe Rantz, who had a compelling story to tell about perseverance, deprivation, love and trust, all against the backdrop of the Great Depression and the buildup to World War II. Rantz, who was in his 90s at the time, was dying of congenital heart failure and would be gone just a few months later. “By the end of that first conversation, I was completely mesmerized and ready to go,” said Brown in an interview before his talk. “The story got richer and richer the more I dug into it.” The end result of Brown’s digging and writing was “The Boys in the Boat,” which was published by Viking in June 2013. The paperback edition comes out this summer, and movie rights to the book were recently purchased by producer Harvey Weinstein. At one level, the book tells the tale of the varsity
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Brown spent four years researching and writing the book, which reads like a novel as it chronicles the early adulthood of Rantz and his crew, but also cuts to dark scenes of Germany during the early 1930s, soon after Hitler’s rise to power. Along with countless interviews of family members of the rowing team,
Brown went on the water himself to get the feel of being an oarsman, learned to cut cedar shingles as Rantz did, and traveled to the lake near Berlin where the fateful 2,000-meter race took place nearly 80 years ago. He also pored through boxes of letters, diaries and other documents provided by the families, as well as reading newspaper articles from the ‘30s. One challenge in writing the book, said Brown, was that the events portrayed in the story had occurred more than seven decades earlier. In Seattle, particularly, people knew that the University of Washington crew had won gold at Berlin, and the boat they used, called a rowing shell, is still on display at the school. He counted on the peaks and valleys of the story to carry the reader’s interest. See OLYMPICS, page A23
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District Attorney faces first challenge for office in 11 years By Pat Sherman Three-term San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who was uncontested in her first two bids for re-election as the county’s top prosecutor, has competition this time as she seeks a fourth term in the June 3 primary election — among them, attorney Robert Brewer. The newspaper group met with both candidates this month to talk about their plans to protect the region if victorious. A third candidate, Terri Wyatt, a former prosecutor in the DA’s office, did not respond to an interview request by press time. Her interview will run in next week’s edition. A former prosecutor, Brewer has surpassed Dumanis in fundraising with $482,000 to her $341,000 as of last month’s campaign disclosure reports (Wyatt has about $20,000). Dumanis holds the power of power of incumbency, and the backing of Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and all five county supervisors. Though voters historically turn out in smaller numbers for countywide races, Brewer said they should not take the district attorney’s race lightly. “No felony case is filed in San Diego County without the approval and review of a deputy district attorney — and there were 17,000 felonies filed last year in San Diego County,” Brewer said. “The district attorney also files 80 percent of the misdemeanors in the county. … The district attorney has the power to take people’s freedom away, and has the power to put people on death row. There’s no more impactful person in the county.” Dumanis said she’s used that power to unite a divided office after narrowly defeating former DA Paul Pfingst
in 2002, going on to cut the office’s budget by $14 million and increase diversity. “When I was a deputy DA in the office there were only six women out of more than 60 deputy DAs,” she said. “Now , a little over half are women.” Dumanis highlighted her office’s role in the prosecution of sexually violent predators, working to craft and assure passage of Jessica’s Law (designed to reduce sexual offenders’ ability to re-offend), as well as her office’s role in prosecuting the killer of teenagers Amber Dubois and Chelsea King. Dumanis also touted “gutsy moves,” such as going after unlicensed contractors who prey on wildfire victims, and an ongoing suit against former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for violating victim’s rights by reducing the
prison sentence of a political ally’s son by more than half (without giving the family a chance to argue against the commutation). Both Dumanis and Brewer say that, if elected, they plan to crack down on elder abuse, identify theft and human trafficking, all of which are on the rise. Dumanis met this month at the U.S.-Mexico border with Attorney General Kamala Harris (who has also endorsed her) to discuss her initiative to combat sexual exploitation and the trafficking of human labor. “We’ve just begun to see the enormity of it,” Dumanis said. Dumanis, whose office boasts a 94 percent conviction rate, said San Diego County has the lowest crime rate in 30 years. “We’re one of the safest urban counties, public safetywise,” she said. “I think people know me. I’m tested and trusted. As I go into the community, they like what we’re doing in the DA’s office.” Brewer, who underscored his leadership serving in combat during the Vietnam War, and role in successfully prosecuting a deeply embedded KGB spy during the Cold War, said his primary goal will be to “regain the confidence of law enforcement,” which he says Dumanis has lost. Dumanis attributed the loss of support to “holding people accountable.” “That includes police officers,” she said. “We prosecute where necessary and sometimes they don’t agree with those decisions.” Dumanis said her office meets monthly with police chiefs and assistant chiefs from cities around the county, See ATTORNEY, page A20
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Canyon Crest Academy’s robotics team 4278 – de.evolution – is headed to the world championship robotics tournament in St. Louis next month, after competing at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Super-Regional competition held in Sacramento March 20 to 22. De.evolution earned a spot at the world competition after winning the coveted Connect Award, which, according to organizers, “is given to the team that most connected with their local community and the engineering community.” The Super-Regional tournament brought together 72 teams from 13 western states. California sent 21 teams, seven from the San Diego area. The FIRST organization places as priorities other achievements besides winning the game on the field, by presenting six different awards: Inspire, Think, Connect, Innovate, Design and Motivate. The teams judges select for these awards are honored and qualify to advance to the next round. The world competition in St. Louis is the fourth level of advancement and the culmination of a season that began last fall. FIRST defines the winner of the Connect Award as “more than a sum of its parts and [one that] recognizes that its schools and communities play an essential part to their success. “The recipient of this award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FTC, and the team itself. The team that wins this award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology. In addition, this team has a clear Business or Strategic Plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals.” Judges in Sacramento cited de.evolution’s outreach to the community, the positive influence the team has had on its own school and other local schools, its comprehensive strategy to expand understanding of FIRST, and the team’s efforts to highlight the benefits of robotics for students interested in science and technology. According to FIRST, the FTC games, different each year, use “a combination of motors, controllers, wireless communications, metal gears, and sensors, including infrared tracking (IR) and magnet seeking.” Students “program their robots to operate in both autonomous and driver-controlled modes on a specially designed field.” De-Evolution is a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, with eight members this year, and is CCA’s after-school FTC robotics team. FTC teams are limited to 10 students in grades 7-12. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international robotics competition founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989. A non-profit organization, FIRST [www.usfirst.org] was created to inspire and motivate students to excel and pursue careers in engineering, science and technology.
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Psychologist offers insights on the joy of living at Stein Institute lecture By Linda Hutchison Is it possible for us to become happier people – that is, to experience happiness more often and throughout our lives? Yes, it is, says Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., who recently spoke on “The Science and Practice of Happiness Across the Lifespan” at UC San Diego’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging. A professor of psychology at UC Riverside, Lyubomirsky has spent more than 20 years developing a science of happiness, investigating how and why people are happy, and how they can become even happier. Her research has been awarded several prizes and grants and has been featured in hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles and television shows around the world. In addition to her research, teaching and lecturing, Lyubomirsky is the author of two bestselling books on the subject: “The
Psychologist, researcher and author Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., (second from left), spoke recently on the “Science and Practice of Happiness Across the Lifespan” at the UCSD Stein Institute for Research on Aging. With her are Dr. Dilip Jeste, director of the Institute, Suzanne Angelucci, whose endowment sponsored the lecture series, and her daughter Barbara Giammona. Photo/Linda Hutchison How of Happiness” and “The Myths of Happiness.” How does she define happiness? “It has two components,” she said. “The emotional component means we experience more positive emotions, such as joy, curiosity, appreciation and we want to increase the frequency. The cognitive component means we are aware that life is good, we are satisfied with our progress toward goals, for example, and in other ways.” The two components are intertwined. Americans are happiness oriented, she points out. After all, “the pursuit of Happiness” is included as an un-
alienable right in our Declaration of Independence, right up there with Life and Liberty. Lyubomirsky readily admits that no one can be happy all the time and that there is no magic formula. We have to work at it and realize that what we think will make us happy doesn’t always — or not for long. Mind the Matter One of her central themes is the importance of having a prepared mind — a mind prepared to make reason-based, healthier decisions, to think instead of acting on gut-based reactions. She admits that these initial reactions are often more compelling, such as “Take this job and shove it!” but rational second and third thoughts are more productive. When we think something through more carefully, we leave ourselves open to more ideas and opportunities. Another finding of her research is that while
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certain events can make us very happy – a new marriage, job, home ,promotion, for example — our happiness doesn’t usually last. That’s because as humans, we quickly adapt to circumstances. Lyubomirsky refers to this as hedonic adaption, and also as creeping normalcy, insidious habituation, taking things for granted and boredom. When this sets in, we feel something must be wrong with us and that we are not happy. But there are tools we can use to head off or minimize this feeling, such as enjoying nature, introducing variety and surprises into our lives, meditating, exercising, eating well, writing and reflecting (without falling into ruminating), practicing gratitude and kindness and pursuing meaningful relationships and goals. Lyubomirsky refrains from suggesting any one-sizefits-all formula for increasing happiness, but says that we can use our prepared minds and tools throughout our lives and view crisis or turning points as opportunities for growth. According to her research, approximately 40 percent of how we feel is within our control, with approximately 50 percent genetically determined and 10 percent influenced by circumstances. Mature Happiness Although older people may face some different challenges (health problems, loss of friends and family, feelings of lost opportunities), they also have many advantages, according to Lyubomirsky. “Older people have more perspective, are emotionally wiser, know what makes them happy and avoid situations and people that don’t,” she said. “They know they have less time, so they use it more wisely and effectively, are less likely to ruminate. They know they will get through the day.” If older people can learn anything from younger ones, it would be to take more risks, she added. Instead of sticking with the comfortable, have lunch with someone new or try a new activity. “Younger people are risk takers, they want new experiences and opportunities. Neither approach is right or wrong, both have advantages.” Lyubomirsky even thinks those who have been chronically unhappy can learn to start an upward spiral with such simple steps as helping others. “Acts of kindness can help people feel really good, can snowball, attract new friends,” she said. Lyubomirsky says her own greatest sources of happiness are her family (she is married with four children, ages 10 months to 14 years) and her work. She first noticed a difference in happiness levels at the age of 9. Newly arrived in Boston from Russia, Lyubomirsky was struck by how much happier Americans appeared strolling down the street, smiling and saying hello, than Russians. (Today, she adds, younger Russians are happier.) Her interest in studying happiness sparked on her first day of graduate school. While walking around the Stanford campus with her new bachelor’s degree from Harvard and her graduate advisor, they began discussing what makes people happy, even though his area of expertise was conflict and negotiation. This conversation led to their first research studies. In the future, she would like to conduct more long-term studies that follow people for many years as well as analyze how positive actions work, how to alleviate depression, the role of genetic make-up and how to measure behavior more objectively beyond self-reporting. As part of the UCSD School of Medicine, the Organized Research Unit was founded in 1983 and renamed the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging in 1992 to promote education and research in geriatrics and gerontology. The Institute presents free public lectures promoting physical and mental wellbeing. La Jolla philanthropist Suzanne Angelucci as a memorial to her father, Frank Benedikt Roehr, endowed the current series. Want to know more? Visit Sonja Lyubomirsky: themythsofhappiness.org or UCSD School of Medicine Stein Institute for Research on Aging: aging.ucsd.edu.
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Del Mar Hills students give Principal Lerner a â€˜SurfRider Tidal Waveâ€™ The students at Del Mar Hills Academy ran their annual Jog-a-Thon on March 5, with all proceeds benefitting the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF). Afterward, the school wanted to honor both the students who ran the most laps that day (two per grade), as well as those who raised the most money for the DMSEF (one per grade). Those high achievers were invited to the school field
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The Del Mar Foundation recently launched Young Del Mar, a new iteration of its Childrenâ€™s Committee, and is holding its first gathering for Del Mar parents on Tuesday, April 1. The event takes place at Hotel Indigo in Del Mar from 7-9 p.m. with complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar. Parents and grandparents are invited to attend to learn more about the events and activities offered to Del Mar families through the Del Mar Foundation, as well as meet with neighbors and friends in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. â€œOver the past year, we heard from many parents saying how much they love the events we put on for their children and could we offer something just for them as well?â€? explained Kelley Huggett, chair of Young Del Mar. â€œThis made us realize that we needed to expand our service to specifically address the needs of parents. We are also planning fun activities for our teens/pre-teens.â€? Young Del Mar will continue providing exceptional childrenâ€™s events and activities, such as the Fancy Nancy Parade, 4th of July Parade, Toddlerâ€™s playgroups, Annual Easter Egg Hunt, and Spooktacular Beach Bonfire, while adding activities geared towards parents. These may include gatherings at local restaurants to â€œget out of the houseâ€? for a relaxed evening, presentations on current topics of interest to families, and fundraising events to support Young Del Mar programs. The Del Mar Foundation sponsors programs, makes grants, and manages nearly $2 million in endowment funds to benefit the community and the San Dieguito Lagoon. The Foundationâ€™s community endowment provides long-term funding stability for community needs. For more information about the Del Mar Foundation please visit our website at www.delmarfoundation.org or call 858-635-1363.
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